Maryland has passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, a sweeping crime reform bill that is coming into law in phases. One of the most anticipated new changes has to do with the expungement of criminal records. Many see it as an opportunity to start fresh, as the law creates opportunity to erase a criminal record where that opportunity did not previously exist.
What is Expungement
Expungement is the ability to have a criminal record, particularly convictions, erased from the public records. The benefit of expungements is that it allows people a better opportunity at a fresh start; the stigma that comes from a criminal record can make it difficult for people to find employment, or other opportunities.